Destination: Dominican Republic

World Travel Watch: Hundreds Killed in Phnom Penh Stampede, Dutch ‘Coffee Shops’ Closing to Tourists

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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The Critics: ‘Fast & Furious’

The Critics: ‘Fast & Furious’ Publicity still via IGN
Publicity still via IGN

When I listed Fast & Furious as one of my travel movies to watch for in 2009, I have to admit that my tongue might have been straying towards my cheek. I certainly never expected that the movie—the fourth installment in a fading franchise—would smash box office records and enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever. But with an unexpected $70 million (and counting) in the bank, I suppose the movie qualifies as a phenomenon of sorts. With that in mind, I decided to check it out and see if there were any vicarious travel thrills to be had in between all the lingering shots of hot (auto) bodies.

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A ‘Creative Persons Utopia’ in the Dominican Republic?

Last December, we pointed out a New York Observer profile of Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, noting that he and several other celebrities, including musician Moby and interviewer Charlie Rose, were involved in a land purchase in the Dominican Republic to build some sort of utopian community for artists and writers. It was all rather vague, and we wondered whether the project was still alive. Now comes confirmation in the March 20 issue of the New Yorker, in a feature story not available online, that just such a project is in the works.

Have Charlie Rose and Fareed Zakaria Found Utopia in the Dominican Republic?

Sometimes I stumble across travel tidbits in the oddest places. This morning, via Jim Romenesko, it was a New York Observer profile of Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, whose writing I always enjoy, even if I don’t always agree with his politics. Zakaria, the story reports, was invited last year to take part in an odd vacation development project in the Dominican Republic that also involved musician Moby and talk show host Charlie Rose, among others.

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